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The Regent’s Shadow

Watchers of the Throne: Warhammer 40,000, Book 2
Series: Watchers of the Throne, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
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Book 2 in the Watchers of the Throne series

A new day has dawned for the Imperium, but not everyone sees the light. The Custodian Guard and Sisters of Silence must battle not just Chaos, but those who do not share Regent Guilliman's vision....

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See how enemies lurk everywhere in the Imperium - even on Terra itself - and discover how the Adeptus Custodes excel at rooting out the darkness that lurks on the Throneworld and bringing it to light.

The story:

As Guilliman, Regent of Terra, heads off to lead the Indomitus Crusade, he leaves behind a world still in turmoil, beset by cult activity. Stripped of its huge armies for the galactic offensive, recovery is precarious. The Custodians do what they can while keeping the Palace secure, and the Sisters of Silence rebuild their citadel on Luna. When the warship Phalanx returns, it seems that stability will at last be assured. However, as reconquest forces push out further into the slums, they come across signs that another mysterious foe is active. The truth dawns - not every enemy is corrupted by Chaos, for there are many on Terra who do not share Guilliman’s vision of a new order, and the prospect of a Terran civil war looms...

Written by Chris Wraight

Running time 11 hours 52 minutes. Performed by John Banks, Emma Gregory and Penelope Rawlins.

©2020 Games Workshop Limited (P)2020 Games Workshop Limited

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a power vacuum and regime change, shown in detail

Great and conveying the power vacuum left on terra, some bits are slow though

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Fantastic!

Intrigue and plot twists to keep tourheadspinning right the way through with a great climax!

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another great entry

excellent story telling by the voice cast as well as being well written by the author. I enjoyed the glimpse into the silent sisters and custodes motivations and what makes them human or so far from it.

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Not as strong or epic as the original, but still a powerful entry from Wraight.

While this was a great standalone novel by Wraight, I can’t help but feel a little let down by the sequel to one of my favourite 40k novels.

While the first book deals in a super epic narrative, this entry is a far more subdued, cloak and dagger like story that feels more in line with Wraight’s other amazing series ‘Vaults of Terra’.

I loved the political insights into the High Council of Terra and restructure of power after Gulliman leaves for Indomintus, but I really felt like I spent the second half of the book waiting for an epic climax that never fully materialised.

Still an amazing read with my favourite characters in the modern 40k timeline, will be getting the third installation for sure!

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When is the next one ;)

Then ending was very well done (no spoilers, find out yourself) Narration overall was great, still wish they had adopted on top of the chapter Narrators, a character specific one, as it threw you out at times with the same character done by different voices.

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  • Peter Kudenov
  • 14-04-2020

Enjoyed the political aspects

This was a particularly satisfying listen, just like its predecessor, for the insight into political aspects that were a little more nuanced than most. The three character rotation throughout the series has been enjoyable because all of the characters are believable within their capacities to act (or not). This book particularly had a satisfying denouement and the final sentence was wonderful.

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  • NikEliJoe
  • 27-03-2020

Meh

it was ok I've heard better than this book there are many horus Heresy books that are way better

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  • Michael C Redl
  • 19-05-2020

Great Book!

Great story telling, and well planned out. Everything has a meaning in this one, and the character interactions are good.

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  • Nick
  • 05-05-2020

a great time

this was fun it slowly creeped through the plot like a rollercoaster going up that first hill just as it got to the top everything changed and it was awesome.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-05-2020

excellent book

excellent story with great narration loved it would listen to it again and well done.

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  • Matthew L.
  • 29-04-2020

By The Emperor!

That was magnificent. an absolute masterpiece to listen to especially with the different voice actors for the different characters. ughh magnificent. INDOMINUS TERRA!

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  • Michael Jones Jr
  • 25-04-2020

a very deep and grabbing story

Chris Wright has always been on the money when it comes to writing the custodis in my opinion. His writing really flushes the characters out and allows you to get a true point of view. Giving them substance that has not been in the books and more for a long time. Also giving some light to the sisters of Silence.

Even with a few stumbles sprinkle throughout the audiobook that was on point and the narrators really grab your attention and convey the tension and emotion throughout the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-04-2020

all is not well on terra

after Papa smurf goes to start the Indomitus crusade a power struggle breaks out on Terra between the old guard and papa smurfs reformed government. lots of interesting characters show up.

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  • Lastname Firstname
  • 16-04-2020

it was ok.

the one weird take away I have for this book is they have the voice actor who plays Guilleman but the decided to have the other voice actor say his parts it ended up sounding like the character was impersonating him rather than him talking. maybe that was what they were going for I think the book could have been better if the voice actors read parts for eachother but I understand why they didnt do that. pretty ok storry though.

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  • Alex
  • 16-04-2020

An excellent yarn

An excellent second instalment beautifully executed by John Banks et al. I love the character-based narrative chapters. More please!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-03-2020

a good link in the chain of chris wraights work

a very good follow on from the previous story. the voice acting is excellent and jeck is a nice replacement. I like how it shows abit more of Valoris. Some interesting charavters also turn up to be sure. well worth your time

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  • Mr ian Leeming
  • 25-05-2020

Excellent story.

I have really enjoyed both books in this story line and it's nice to have some back story to the adeptus custodians.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-03-2020

Amazing loved it big recommend

Top work. Love the multi voice acting. Amazing story lots off twist and turns. Well Done games workshop.

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  • Josh
  • 18-03-2020

Great

Very enjoyable, just a great story. Love Custodian based action as well as Anathema Psykana content. The story was quite captivating.

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  • Sebastian Beddard
  • 14-03-2020

Really enjoyed it

Really enjoyed this and was pleasantly surprised with all the twists and turns in the plot. Also one of the best narrated black library novels out there.

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  • Numpty 72
  • 14-03-2020

Really good

Really good could not wait to finish it, hope it not to long before we carry on the story.

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  • paul sparks
  • 13-03-2020

Politics, intrigue and Minotaurs!

This book is a superb second outing for the new power couple in the Warhammer universe, I’m not ignoring the chancellerus at all but the characters I want more of are our favourite custodian and silent sister, the narration is outstanding and completely engrossed me in the tale, I looke forward avidly to the next story in this series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-03-2020

Amazing

The story is brilliant just like the first. The voice acting was some of the best I’ve heard, just like the first. It gladdens my heart that they had the original voice acting and characters in this audiobook. It gives the story a great amount of continuity. I love this book just like the first.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-03-2020

Excellent listen!

A very different style of 40k novel. good story.
interesting pov characters.
fantastic narration.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-03-2020

A sequel that delivers

A great audio tale, consisted with its first part and utterly worthy of its place. A well handled balance of perspectives from the imperiums spectrum of warriors.

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